Commemorating the 209th Anniversary of the Independence of Haiti from France

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  • 05 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 209th Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of Haiti from France

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
just tribute to the cultural heritage of the ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of the community
of the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to commem-
orate the 209th Anniversary of the Independence of Haiti from France;
WHEREAS, On January 1, 1804, after a prolonged struggle, Haiti
proclaimed its independence from France, becoming the second independent
state in the Western Hemisphere and the first free black republic in the
world; and
WHEREAS, After gaining its independence, Haiti was charged by France
what would have been $20 billion U.S. dollars today as reparations for
its independence; this debt was not fulfilled until 1922; and
WHEREAS, The United States did not acknowledge Haiti until 1862, when
Frederick Douglass visited to establish diplomatic relations; and
WHEREAS, The celebration of Haitian independence affirms the culture,
identity and self-esteem of a people; it honors a rich heritage and
illuminates Haitian history and tradition, as well as the spirit of an
indomitable people; and
WHEREAS, The people of this great State and nation and Haiti enjoy a
deep and abiding relationship rooted in kinship and culture, and many
New Yorkers proudly trace their own roots to Haiti; and
WHEREAS, The Anniversary of the Independence of Haiti from France is a
time to celebrate the aspirations and values that have been shared with
Haitians for generations and to recognize the countless contributions of
Americans and New Yorkers of Haitian descent to every aspect of society;
WHEREAS, The State of New York is greatly enriched by its large popu-
lation of citizens of Haitian ancestry; and
WHEREAS, The 209th Anniversary of Haiti's independence provides an
opportunity to recognize the significance of their contributions to the
quality and character of life, and, through events and activities, for
all people to gain a greater appreciation of Haitian history and tradi-
tions, and of the role Haitian Americans have played, and will continue
to play, in our society; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
recognize such events of significance which foster ethnic pride and
exemplify the cultural diversity that represents and strengthens the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 209th Anniversary of the Independence of Haiti from


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